…is still tickled…

… to have placed in the Top 3 at Unscripted Sketches for my “time to Soar” card.

Woot!  Woot!  (Yeah, it was awhile ago, but it’s still really cool!)

So yeah, I was surprised and please to see the little display, and all I was doing was checking the next sketch out!  If you haven’t visited this blog, please do.  They’re sketches are really cool, simplistic but you can do so much, so not so simple :P!  But, yeah, I’m really loving this challenge blog.

And yes, I’ve been quiet, but I’ve been super busy!  I had a six card custom order that I just recently finished.  I’ll upload those photos in my next post.  For now, I wanted to share a layout I made quite awhile ago.  It started out as something a lot different.  The challenge was to use some paper you’d been saving, fot just the right layout.  I had a sheet of red and yellow with a yellow bird.  Now I’ll readily admit thst I tend to be protective of my yellow papers, being that it’s my favorite color.  So this was big for me.  I was attempting a new paper technique, where you make snip in the paper and pull the sides apart (like a unzippering a jacket) to reveal the paper layer underneath.  Not sure if it has a name.  So I adhered my hoarded yellow patterned paper to a sheet from DCWV Performnae paper pack, since I wanted the sheet music to show through.  So, I tried it, but it wasn’t working, so I ripped the pieces off, then inked the area along with another area and a K&Co. fabric remnant (the piece below “OF”) with my brown pigment ink.  Then I used a Studio G clear phrase stamp “I love you” with the same brown ink on the exposed area in the top left corner.


I used a lot of K&Co. ephermera, including the copper transparency die-cuts.  The green bird was cut from another patterned paper, and I also added a piece of yellow doily.  There’s a wooden clock and butterfly from Little Yellow Bicycle; I outlined the clock with teal Adirondack paint dabber, and sprayed the butterfly with yellow mist spray (yellow craft paint mixed wth water in a Mini Mister bottle).

For the teal blue tag above, I outlined a tag on patterned paper, then used a text stamp with black ink for an allover patterns, and added my lace clear stamp (both from the Tattered Angels Rockin’ Renaissance set) with my copper pigment ink on it, added a Tim Holtz washer and bakers twine, and called it done.


I folded some wide yellow ribbon that was a dollar bin find, and stapled it to the corner.  My intent was to staple more and make a big flower, but I like it as is.


I used the same stamp technique on the red and blue flowers for added dimension (the flowers are from a Prima collection).  The red flower got a vintage “coin” for a center, while the blue got a tan brad.


For the title, I used Cosmo Cricket clear and gold mini letter stickers and phrases, along with large white rub-ons.


Enjoy and happy scrapping!

…honoring my favorite band…

and song, “Imaginary” by Evanescence.  I fell in love with their music when their song “Bring Me to Life” was put on the Daredevil soundtrack.  Now I can’t get enough of them.  I submitted this for a challenge on the CSI challenge blog. Though I did not get chosen, I loved playing along and also really liked how everything turned out.


I turned the sketch on its side and set to work.  I used some of the CSI printable flair for my layout, as well as new and old stuff from my stash.  I used Tim Holtz DM in Broken China on a few clouds, and a wee bit of Mod Podge and teal glitter on the others.  All the butterflies were also cut from a page from DCWV Far East paper pack.  I went with a black and white photo since the color of my shirt didn’t go with the color scheme, and I wanted more attention on the lyrics and layout.





Supplies: DCWV Far East and Performance paper pads, CSI Printable Flair, We R Memory Keepers White Out collection, Tim Holta Distress Marker in Broken China, Baker’s twine (red/white, yellow/white, gray/white), Jolee’s Boutique French General tags, ribbon, button, tiny die-cuts

Happy Scrapping!

…going a little post happy…

…since I’m off to a gaming convention this weekend where I’ll be helping hubby promote his book and possibly,show off a little of my wares as well.

So, I’m not sure how my scrapping will be going into the weekend and after coming back.  I have to pack a bunch of the stuff into our room, since little guy will have Grandma and Grandpa to himself and we don’t want him getting his little hands on things he shouldn’t 🙂

So here’s another LO I made using Scrap Friends Sketch #12


The background paper is from Kelly Panacci (not big into her stuff, but this really called to me, wonder why :P)





I went a little crazy with my collection of die-cuts.  I had a bunch that I’d been wanting to use, and this seemed a great way.

Supplies: DCWV Rock Star, We R Memory Keepers White Out, Kelly Panacci patterned paper; Transparency photo frame; Ribbons and fibers; K & Co. ephemera die-cuts; Little Yellow Bicycle Natural bird wood veneer; Tattered Angels spray mist in black and gold; Tim Holtz Paint Dabber in teal; 7Gypsies fabric tape and Bella Blvd. tape in Yellow Chevron and Pickle Juice; Fairy wood-mounted rubber stamp; Pins; Letter stickers; Tim Holtz Distress Marker Wild Honey; Hambly transparent border stickers

…happy and sad…

Yep, a two-fer today!  So why am I happy and sad?

…because I finished another layout that I made using Creative Scrappers Sketch # 249.  Uuuunfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to finish it before the March 1 deadline 😦 Side note: can’t use a noisy stapler in the same room as a sleeping 3-year-old.  Regardless, I wanted to share it with you.


Sorry for the main pic being fuzzy, I was squatting on the floor when I took it.


Title close-up, I put down a layer of the washi tape, then painted over them before adhereing my title.


More tape and paint, only in reverse order as before.  I put the heart onto cardstock before covering it with glitter and cutting it out, then added the button with baker’s twine.


Here’s the stapler bit.  Mine wasn’t long enough to staple the ribbon directly on the page, so I stpled the ribbon, then adhered it with small Zots dots.  The “XOXO” is from the same embelli sheet as the heart, again covered in black glitter.


Used black photo corners and the dots from MME flocked chipboard alphas.

Now, wait a minute, are those polaroids I see?  They look like it don’t they 😛  I really like the look of polaroids (and am very said they’re not made anymore).  So what’s a girl to do?  I printed out a polaroid template on regular printer paper (it was white with a black photo area).  Then I measured the dimensions using a ruler and marked it off with a pencil on the cardstock.  Using my paper trimmer, I cut out the polaroid shapes and adhered over the photos, then trimmed the excess photo outside the shape.  Voila! Polaroid pictures!  Gotta love it!

Supplies include: DCWV Tattered Time and Rock & Roll, Bazzill Basics cardstock in Avalanche, Large silver chipboard letters (“goofs”), Small double-sided black and silver alphas (“my two”), Buttons, paper clip, a black clothing tag, ribbon, white photo frame, MME Black flocked alphasBlack acrylic paint, 7Gypsies washi tape, Creative Imaginations Sticky 2 rub-on embelisshments, Love collection, Black glitter and baker’s twine

…revealing a new layout…

…it’s challenge time!  I mentioned in an earlier post that I really don’t like pink and this month is the love month, and while I’m not against the holiday, or at least the sentiment, pink tends to be everywhere this month.  Red I don’t mind as much, but I can’t really do pink. So I was very excited to see this color scheme on the ILS blog for February.  And this Creative Scrappers sketch #246 provided the layout.  I flipped the sketch around to fit my photos better, and made this to cheer up a single friend of mine, who has hated the past few Valentine’s Days.

Strangers, Friends, Family:

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My husband and our friend were matched up as college roommates.  Even though my husband is from LI and our friend is from the Bronx, they didn’t even know the other existed.  What started as a nervous 2-hour phone call developed into a close friendship that is still strong to this day.


Supplies include:

Kraft and black cardstock

DCWV Paper Stack Tattered Time and Asian

Simple Stories Destinations “journey” sticker, “Noteworthy” and large journaling die-cuts

Letter stickers “Strangers, Friends”

Metal cut-out letters “Family”

Marvy Uchida Stamp Markers Plum

Brads, brown and tan photo corners, large paper clip

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Rusty Hinge

Studio G Asian lettering stamp

Studio G black and brown pigment ink

Border stamp dots double row

Corrogated cardboard


Happy scrapping!

…revisiting a previous topic…

…the question of redoing a layout that you might not like or certain situations have changed.

So I asked your opinion on redoing a layout.  I “improved” a layout I did for my younger sister’s graduation from college.  The original layout pictures are missing, but I remember what I did, and what I was trying to do.  Didn’t quite work.

So I saved two of the pictures (just got rid of one featuring her at-the-time-fiancee-now-ex-husband) and started almost from scratch.

Here’s the new and improved…and while you don’t know what the original look like, I’d still like your opinion on the new and improved lo…



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A little background: my sister graduated from UCF.  Their school colors are black and gold and their mascot is the knight, as in UCF Knights.  I tried to stick to those colors as much as possible, adding in tan, white, or yellow when necessary.

Supplies include:

Once Upon a Time paper pack – knight paper

Pink Paislee Honey Bee patterned paper

K&Co. chipboard letters

Large chipboard letter: “R” in title

Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type letter stickers: “new”, “2007” “REASONS TO SMILE”

Bling: rhinestone swirl, yellow gem flower centers

Simple Stories Destinations: ticket and “GRAD” alpha stickers

Avery: journaling tag

Flower: various patterned papers and die-cut from a card I received

Buttons, black acrylic paint, dimensional adhesive, copper glitter glue

Tsukineko Gold pigment ink

7Gypsies fabric tape

So what do you think? Questions? Comments?

Happy scrapping!